Friday 2 December 2016

How FG rehashed old plan

Published 30/03/2016 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton and Minister of State Paudie Coffey at the launch of the Construction 2020 Strategy last month. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton and Minister of State Paudie Coffey at the launch of the Construction 2020 Strategy last month. Photo: Steve Humphreys

'Housing-led' approach to homelessness (providing units instead of emergency accommodation) and pledge to eliminate rough sleeping - announced in the Homelessness Policy Statement (February 2013)

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  • Issues around financing development, including utilising the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, and working with NAMA to provide homes - outlined in Construction 2020 (May 2014)
  • 35,000 new social homes, and 75,000 to be delivered through Rental Accommodation Scheme and Housing Assistant Payment; development of a 'cost rental' housing model, supports for the voluntary housing sector, linking funding to take vacant council stock back into use based on local authority performance and development of a tenant purchase scheme - contained in the Social Housing Strategy (November 2014)
  • Fast-tracking approval for social housing schemes up to €5m - measure enacted for developments up to €2m in January this year
  • Creation of a Housing Minister - announced in recent weeks by acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny
  • Tackle hoarding of derelict land - already covered by the introduction of the Vacant Site levy (July 2015)
  • Incentivise 'above the shop' living - tax breaks already in place for living city initiative (Budget 2014)
  • Provide 500 rapid-delivery units (modular homes) - announced last October

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